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Jeb Bush Drops Out After Disappointing Showing in S.C.

Bush told supporters, "The people of Iowa and New Hampshire and South Carolina have spoken." (Mark Makela/Getty Images)

Before the final results from South Carolina's Republican primary had been tallied Saturday night, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush ended his presidential campaign.

Bush finished fourth with less than 8 percent of the vote, well behind Donald Trump — 2016's unexpected frontrunner who's dogged Bush for months. No amount of money or political connections seemed to buoy Bush, who didn't place within the top three of any this year's first three GOP nominating contests.

Facebook Users Not That Into Rubio

Rubio: Not so very popular on Facebook (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

On Facebook, at least, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is the least talked about on sitting senator running for president.  

In the last month leading up to Thursday night’s Fox Business debate, 1.49 million people in the United States posted about, shared, like or commented on content about Rubio over 4.5 million times, according to data released by the social media platform. Compare that with Donald Trump, who is leading candidates in Facebook engagement — 18.9 million people have posted about, shared, liked or comments on content about the business mogul more than 105 million times in the last month.  

Ahead of Fourth Debate, Republican Confidence in Bush Falters

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But ahead of the debate, the latest The Economist/YouGov poll shows the percentage of Republicans who think Bush could win the general election falling.  

The poll, released Tuesday, shows only 44 percent of Republicans think Bush could win the general election, regardless of who emerges as the Democratic nominee. That's down from 53 percent from just two weeks ago.  

Marco Rubio's Presidential Campaign Scores First Senate Endorsement

Rubio has rallied support from younger and newer members of Congress. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner on Monday became the first member of the Senate to endorse Florida Sen. Marco's campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.  

Gardner, a 41-year-old Republican elected in 2014, joined a growing group of younger and newer members of Congress who have endorsed Rubio.  https://twitter.com/CoryGardner/status/661223507167195136  

The Winners and Losers of the CNBC Debate

Rubio, right, turned the tables on an attack by Bush. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz delivered the strongest performances in Wednesday night’s Republican presidential debate, a group of GOP strategists told CQ Roll call, and should see a bounce in their poll numbers between now and the next faceoff in two weeks.  

“Rubio delivered yet another solid performance in which he demonstrated what a good candidate he is. And how formidable he could be in November," said Jason Roe, who has managed and advised congressional campaigns, including that of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Texas.  

Rubio Backhands Bush, Media Over Missed Votes

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After a month of defending missed votes, Sen. Marco Rubio easily swatted away criticism from fellow Floridian Jeb Bush at Wednesday's Republican presidential debate.  

The battle came just hours after a Florida paper called for the first-term senator to vote more regularly or resign . When a debate moderator asked if he hated his job as the Sun-Sentinel editorial board suggested, Rubio wrote it off as liberal-media hypocrisy, noting that the paper didn't demand the resignation of Democratic senators who ran for president in previous cycles. "I read that editorial today with great amusement," Rubio said. "It's actually evidence of the bias that exists in the American media."  

Favorite Sons Pinching GOP Florida Senate Contributions

Bush, above, and Rubio's presidential bids in Florida are casting a shadow over the fundraising race in the state's Senate primary. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Two favorite sons of Florida running for president in the crowded GOP primary field are stunting fundraising for the 2016 Senate race in the Sunshine State, sucking up the time and attention span of Florida's top donors, according to multiple Florida Republican operatives.  

The presidential campaigns of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and outgoing Florida Sen. Marco Rubio have siphoned off the time and money from top donors that could be going to Republican Senate candidates. The cash squeeze has been so bad that the leading Democrat in the race raised nearly as much in the third quarter as the three top Republican candidates combined.  

Eric Cantor Emerges From Defeat to Back Jeb Bush in Virginia

Cantor, the former House Majority Leader, said he will help the Bush campaign in Virginia. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Eric Cantor, the former House Majority Leader who primary election loss was one of the biggest political shockers of 2014, has re-emerged from the private sector to lend his support to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's campaign in his home state.  

On Thursday, Politico first reported that Cantor was to endorse Bush on Thursday evening and would help chair his campaign in Virginia — joining former Lt. Gov. John Hager and former Secretary of Health Kay Coles James as co-chairman and chairwoman, a Bush spokeswoman told CQ Roll Call.  

Super PAC Donor Gives $585K More, Joins Top Tier (Updated)

An individual donor to Super PACs has given $585,000 in April and May, moving him into the top ten Super PAC donors this election cycle.  

John Jordan , the CEO of the Jordan Winery in Healdsburg, California, has contributed $585,000 to the New Republican.org super PAC during April and May. He gave $285,000 on April 24th, and $300,000 on May 5th , which was reported today.  

2016 Republican Presidential Hopefuls Press the Flesh in Las Vegas

Potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates are trooping to Las Vegas this weekend to attend the Spring Leadership Conference of the Republican Jewish Coalition . But it's not the golf or poker tournaments they are focused on.  

Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Scott Walker, John Kasich are among those going to meet and shake hands with Republican super donor and board member Sheldon Adelson and others who are active in the Republican lobbying group and also major donors to Republican organizations, such as Super PACs, party committees and non-profit organizations. View board members .